Fishing Lure Hacks: Jerkbaits

Fishing Lure Hacks: Jerkbaits

Jerkbaits work great for bass and pike, as well as many other species. The erratic action caused by jerking the lure can entice even the most reluctant fish into biting. Here are some lure hacks that will help you get the most out of your jerkbaits.


Jerkbait with various hook sizes

Change the Hooks

Changing the hooks is a quick and easy way to improve a jerkbait. Fish will often strike a jerkbait from a weird angle and not get hooked. Swapping out the hooks for sharper ones will increase hookups. Increasing the size of the hooks can help too. This will also add more weight to the lure.

Jerkbait with a dressed hook

Dress the Hook

Try adding a feather or hair dressed hook to the rear of a jerkbait. You can buy them pre-tied or tie your own. It will add a bit of action as it sways in the current when the lure is paused. It will also add some drag to the rear of the lure, which will tighten the side-to-side action.


Jerkbait with a split ring

Add a Split Ring

Adding a split ring to the eye of a jerkbait is another easy hack that can have big rewards. By adding a split ring and tying to it instead of directly to the eye, the lure have more freedom to roll and sway from side-to-side.

Add Weight

Use adhesive weight strips to add weight to jerkbaits. You can add weight to make them either suspend or sink in the water.


Modifying the bill of a jerkbait

Modify the Bill

You can change the diving depth and action of a jerkbait by modifying the bill of the lure. Use a file the shave down and reshape the bill. You can also heat up the bill by holding it over boiling water and then bend it. Use oven mitts and needlenose pliers so you do not burn your hands.

More Fishing Lure Hacks

  1. Introduction
  2. Spinnerbait Hacks
  3. Crankbait Hacks
  4. Jerkbait Hacks
  5. Jig Hacks
  6. Topwater Hacks
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